Delaware Home: Chateau Country for City Chic
Explore this 3,500 square foot, two-story condo that overlooks Brandywine Creek.
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His solution was to replace the countertops with polished granite. He enjoys the look of the natural stone, which also adds a bling factor that matches the high-end cabinetry.
Varsalona doesn’t cook much—“only the microwave,” he quips—but the kitchen’s Sub-Zero refrigerator and professional-style stainless steel Dacor appliances are spot-on for caterers.
The previous owner maintained a kosher kitchen, outfitted to allow for the separate preparation of meats and dairy foods. The kitchen is blessed with two sinks, two dishwashers and abundant storage.
Because the former owners were serious cooks, they laid cushioned, non-slip flooring that is designed for use in restaurant kitchens in both the kitchen and adjoining dining area. Varsalona admired the quality and practicality of the floor.
“But there was way too much of it,” he recalls. His solution was to retain the flooring in the kitchen and replace it in the dining area, where pale beige pavers now brighten the space.
A large custom dining table is topped with a slab of tinted glass that’s elegant yet durable. Despite its heft, the piece is easy to move. Casters are hidden in the base of the painted black frame.
“When the board of our condo association meets here, I just roll the table against the window wall and load it up with food to serve buffet-style,” he says. “Moving the table also makes more room for people to circulate.”
The six chairs surrounding the table are equally flexible. Varsalona chose streamlined, armless Parson’s chairs clad in black leather. The chairs look cool, yet the upholstered backs and seats are warm and welcoming.